As most people know, I am a lover of the ocean. It was time for me to visit and get to know the top predators of the ocean’s natural food chain…SHARKS! On Saturday a few friends and I ventured to Gansbaii. Once we arrived they provided us with a little snack and a general tutorial on shark diving. They gave us neon orange jackets to wear incase we fell into they water we could be esialy found! (Only teasing! They were to keep us warm form the winds and the water blowing in our face!) After a 20 minute ride out to sea, it was time to anchor the boat and meet our new friends. The one boatman attached two large fish heads to a long rope to chum the water. When someone chums the water they are doing this t make the sharks appear. As soon as we saw the first shark it was time to change into the wetsuits and jump into the water! It took me quite sometime to put on the wetsuit, therefore I went in the cage with the second group. When the first group went in we all saw a sea creature that we weren’t expecting to see. We saw a WHALE! It was a right whale! Click on this link to read more about it! http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/right-whale/
I was nervously waiting for my turn in the shark cage until they called the second group to go! Surprisingly the water wasn’t that bad, thanks to the wetsuits! The only part of my body that was cold were my hands. The instructions provided to us were to climb into the cage, put your feet on the metal bars behind you, and place your hands on the red handle bars in front of you. I followed all of the instructions and was ready to see some sharks. The boatman continued to chum the water. When a shark was approaching he yelled, “Near”. As the shark got very close to the cage he yelled, “Down”. “Down” means you go under the water so you are able to see the shark come extremely close to you. The water was very foggy we were lucky if we could see 1 foot in front of us (That is what made it more exciting for us!) After seeing several sharks come up close to us, it was time for the last group to have a chance.
It was unbelievable getting to see a 12 foot shark up close! I found it to be more of a fascinating experience compared to a terrifying one. Once all the groups had a chance to go in the cage it was time to head back to shore. (Thank goodness. I was starting to get a little nauseous from the boat moving so much.) It was such a relief when we took our wetsuits off. The last remaining 30 minutes consisted of a light dinner and watching a short video the boatman took while on the boat. The captain of the boat informed us that we saw 3 different types of sharks and they were all females. If you would like to learn more about sharks and where I went shark diving, click on this link: http://www.sharkcagediving.co.za
I wasn’t able to take many pictures because I didn’t want to risk anything happening to my camera. Here are a few pictures from my shark diving adventure!